You can configure Greenplum Database to use data compression with some database features and with some utilities.Compression reduces disk usage and improves I/O across the system, however, it adds some performance overhead when compressing and decompressing data.
You can configure support for data compression with these features and utilities. See the specific feature or utility for information about support for compression.
For some compression algorithms (such as zlib) Greenplum Database requires software packages installed on the host system. For information about required software packages, see the Greenplum Database Installation Guide.
Parent topic: Managing a Greenplum System